Waste from Kattinakere market and four wards being processed at the unit near Tanneruhalla
Hassan City Municipal Council has begun efforts to make the city cleaner by converting municipal waste into compost. It has set up one composting unit and has plans to establish five more such units to handle waste generated in Hassan.
The first unit located in the CMC property near Tanneruhalla here has begun processing municipal waste generated at Kattinakere market area and four wards in the city. “Around five to six tonnes of waste is generated in the market every day. Waste is carried to the unit where it is segregated. The biodegradable waste is treated with chemicals to convert the waste into compost”, said Mr. Nagabhushan, commissioner of the CMC.
On an average, Hassan generates 60 tonnes of municipal waste every day. The CMC has decided to set up composting units at different points so that waste management becomes easy. “We started the first unit on October 4. It takes at least 60-90 days for converting waste into compost. The council is yet to finalise modalities to handle compost. Considering the demand from farming community, we will decide on selling it”, he said.
At present, door-to-door collection of waste is limited to only a few wards in Hassan due to lack of infrastructure facilities. “We have written to the State government to permit us to buy 10 vehicles (autorickshaws) to collect municipal waste. As soon as we get the permission we will start other units as well. Our aim is to start all five units in the next two months”, the Commissioner said.
Hassan Nirmiti Kendra has taken up construction of the composting units.
Commissioner Nagabhushan said segregating bio-degradable waste has been a difficult task. “It takes time to educate the public. We have launched campaigns to spread awareness about it. If we can get the waste segregated at the collection point, much of the problem is solved”, he said.
The CMC has 22 acres of landfill site at Agile, 11 km from Hassan. The non-biodegradable waste will be dumped in the landfill. “We have constructed a compound around the site and planted hundreds of saplings. The site will be ready soon and local people have been taken into confidence. We hope that Hassan will be cleaner once all these projects are completed”, the Commissioner said.
‘It takes at least 90 days for converting waste into compost’ ‘The non-biodegradable waste will be dumped in a landfill’
‘It takes at least 90 days for converting waste into compost’
‘The non-biodegradable waste will be dumped
in a landfill’